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AUGUST 19-20,  2023

AND NOW THE FIRST DEBATE:  PLEASE BE KIND AND DON'T YAWN.  THE FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEBATE TAKES PLACE WENDESDAY.  BUT DONALD TRUMP WON'T ATTEND.  FROM FOX: 

In a Republican presidential primary race dominated by former President Donald Trump, you can’t underestimate the importance of Wednesday’s kickoff GOP nomination debate, a Fox News-hosted primetime showdown in Milwaukee.

"It means a lot for me and every other candidate. It’s going to be the biggest audience any of us have spoken before in a long time," former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, making his second run for the White House, told Fox News Digital earlier this month. "It’s important for people to get to know you, to know who you are, what you want to do for the party and for the country."

Christie is one of eight candidates who have reached the polling and donor thresholds mandated by the Republican National Committee to qualify for the initial debate. 

The others are former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, former Ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and biotech entrepreneur and bestselling author Vivek Ramaswamy.

With one more day to go to qualify, roughly a half dozen other Republican White House hopefuls are still aiming to make the stage.

COMMENT:  Trump has announced that he won't attend the debate.  He's also said that he won't sign the Republican "loyalty oath," pledging to support the eventual party nominee for president, and also pledging not to participate in any debate not approved by the Republican National Committee.

But of course Trump will be there this Wednesday night, if not in person, then in clout.  He remains the frontrunner in every poll, the champion of the largest bloc of Republicans that can be identified.  If the nominating convention were held today, he'd walk off with the crown.

However, the convention isn't being held today.  It won't be held for another year, and there's plenty of time for almost anything to happen, including the actual courtroom trials of Donald Trump.  What we're seeing now is the preview of coming attractions.  The movie comes later.

August 20, 2023       Permalink

 

IT IS AUGUST, THE SLOWEST MONTH OF THE YEAR.  THE PSYCHIATRISTS TAKE AUGUST OFF, SO THEIR PATIENTS IN WASHINGTON AND HOLLYWOOD HAVE NO ONE TO HELP THEM THROUGH THE MONTH.  IT'S SO UNFAIR. 

BUT AUGUST STILL PRODUCES SOME NEWS, LIKE THIS EXCITING NOTIFICATION OF EMPLOYMENT, AS ONLY THE ROTTING ACADEMIC ESTABLISHMENT CAN PUT IT.  FROM COLLEGE FIX: 

A State Department official who is “on leave” from his job as a diplomat to Iran will stay busy this fall with two new jobs at Yale University and Princeton University.

“Robert Malley, currently on leave from his role as a special envoy for Iran in the State Department, comes to SPIA as a John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer,” Princeton announced. “He will teach a graduate course this fall on foreign policy decision-making, and one to two undergraduate courses in the spring focused on some combination of diplomacy, negotiation, and foreign policy.”

Not mentioned in the news release is why Malley (pictured) is currently free to teach – he’s under federal investigation for his “handling of classified material,” according to CBS News. He lost his security clearance in relation to the investigation, freeing him up to teach at Princeton and Yale.

Malley joins seven other “senior fellows” at Yale where he will “spend a year or semester at Yale teaching courses and mentoring students.”

“Malley is on leave from the U.S. State Department where he had been serving as Special Envoy for Iran since January 28, 2021,” the Connecticut Ivy League college stated.

The appointments drew criticism from Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana.

“Apparently, the reward for selling out our nation to Iran and losing your security clearance is a cushy gig in the Ivy League,” Banks, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told The Washington Free Beacon.

Senator Ted Cruz, a Princeton alumnus, called the decision “pitiful.”

“Pitiful. Look who my alma mater just made a prof. Rob Malley was such a pro-Iran radical that he was FIRED from Biden admin & had his security clearance stripped for ‘mishandling classified docs’ (the details are still hidden),” Cruz tweeted.

Elite universities remain a safe harbor for Democratic politicians who get forced out of their jobs. The University of California Berkeley recently hired failed San Francisco prosecutor Chesa Boudin to run a new legal clinic after he was recalled by voters for his soft-on-crime policies.

The University of Chicago also hired Tim Ryan and Beto O’Rourke, who collectively had lost five elections in the past three years, as visiting fellows for the recent spring semester. Chicago’s former mayor, Lori Lightfoot, will join Harvard this fall after she lost after just one term.

COMMENT:  Let us note that these institutions receive millions in federal aid, taxpayer money, to help them elevate American society.  Observe how the funds are spent.

It is widely reported that there is a growing revulsion toward institutions of "higher" education, with many wondering if they're even worth the price.  I wonder why.  Don't you?

August 20,  2023     Permalink

 

 

 

AUGUST 17-18,  2023

BIDEN'S PROBLEM WITH HISPANICS:   There was a time when we automatically thought of the Democrats as the party of minorities.  They seemed, literally, to have a monopoly wherever foreign languages were spoken or hi-hop was the craze.

But no more.  Recent polling shows that many members of minority groups are getting woke, but not in the ways that the woke movement wants them to.  From Fox: 

A new Fox News poll shows President Biden is struggling to maintain support among Hispanic voters, as a panel of voters told "Fox & Friends" on Friday that inflation is driving them away from the party. 

According to the poll, only 46% of Hispanic voters currently choose Biden for president in 2024, compared to 63% of the same group in 2020. In comparison, 37% of Hispanic voters support Donald Trump for 2024, compared to 35% in 2020.

Americans for Prosperity Texas's Tina Aviles, American University graduate J.P. Villasmil and Christian author Lydia Dominguez explained why Biden is struggling with voters in the Latino community. 

Dominguez, who is also a mother and Air Force veteran, said she has noticed prices going up and that people in her community are "totally upset with what's going on."

"I see people in my community that are going out and getting second and third part-time jobs. It's incredibly sad," said Dominguez.

Aviles, a mother of seven, said she has seen a big difference in the economic policies of the Biden administration. 

"There was a time when things were just smooth and easy under some previous pro-growth economic policies. But this administration promised me a cafecito, but handed me instead a cup of Joe overflowing with inflation. And they hoped that I wouldn't notice." 

Recent graduate Villasmil said, "There were some Hispanics moving away from the Democratic Party by the end of the Trump presidency, and now they're running away." 

COMMENT:  But, of course, it's not enough that Hispanic voters are running away from Joe Biden and His Aristocrats.  What is needed is a Republican Party that is sensitive to this opening, and seizes it.   Donald Trump, with all his faults, certainly understands that.  We'll see if the others do.

August 18,  2023     Permalink

 

THE GOOD GUYS ARE IN THE FIGHT:  Despite the grim reports of Marxist style repression on college campuses, there is an active fight-back movement.  We've told you about some groups.  Here's one of the most active.  Give your morale a boost.  Read on, from College Fix: 

One of the most active and relentless alumni free speech groups in the nation — the Cornell Free Speech Alliance — this week dropped a figurative free speech-bomb on its alma mater, publishing a 100-page report calling for sweeping policy changes on campus.

The group reported its email listserv reaches “over 50,000 Cornellians,” mostly alumni, and it has an active leadership board that refuses to accept Cornell’s public-facing claims of supporting free speech, academic freedom and intellectual diversity.

The alliance’s report recommends 20 policy changes, including adding free speech training to freshman orientation, implementing the famous free speech Chicago Principles, eliminating DEI course requirements, removing its anonymous bias reporting system, and providing students robust due process.

The group, which includes some faculty and students, wants campus leadership to also state “words are not physical violence,” and make viewpoint diversity a “prominent objective.”

The alliance argues none of the 20 recommended policies exist at Cornell today. Cornell’s media relations division did not respond to three requests this week from The College Fix seeking comment on the recommendations or the alliance’s efforts.

The alliance plans to harness its massive email list as well as the relationships it has forged with many like-minded organizations, such as the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, Heterodox Academy, and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, to continue its public-pressure campaign to force change, the report states.

The recommendations were also submitted to Cornell’s Board of Trustees, including its Chairman Kraig Kayser.

“The problems are real and they are serious,” stated alumnus David Ackerman in the report. “With an embedded monoculture on campus, the independent judgments of the Board of Trustees are now crucial. The Board must act to protect Cornell and its founding principles.”

While Cornell has yet to address the report publicly this week, campus leadership is well aware of the alliance, and in fact has sicced its attorneys on the group.

Over the last year, Cornell attorneys have sent correspondence to the alliance over its use of Cornell imagery as well as its means of obtaining and communicating with alumni emails. In response, the alliance hired an attorney and made a few tweaks, but has continued its work, a source familiar with the situation told The College Fix.

COMMENT:  I'm encouraged by the fact that this spirited group is from Cornell, an Ivy League school.  Ivy League universities, whose original influence came mostly from social standing, not academic genius, have powerful alumni associations to advance their interests, especially in Washington.   The fact that this alumni group is openly criticizing its alma mater will be duly noted as a possible omen of things to come. 

Fighters on our side are getting more active.   They won't get any love notes from the major news outlets, but they're every bit as woke as the wokists. 

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